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Home Fix It Show

Saturdays 9am - 12pm

Dave Baker

Home Fix It Show with Dave Baker

Resident household repair and home improvement expert, Dave Baker provides tips and advice on planning, building and fixing up around the house.   He rounds out his "toolbox of knowledge" by inviting home repair experts to answer any and all home improvement questions. Listen to Dave Baker Saturday's at 9am - Noon on News 95.5 AM750 WSB. 

For more information on Dave's appearances, guests, and more, visit his website: Thehomefixitpage.com, and be sure to check out his blog!
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Recent Posts

  • How do you know if the air in your home is safe to breathe… Q - Call me a worry wart, but how can I be positive that the air inside my home is as safe as I can make it.  My wife and I both have allergies and the cleaner the air the better. Stan in Dunwoody A - Not to worry Stan, that is a good question. Here are 4 things you can do in your home to help insure that your air is as clean as you can make it:  - Test for radon. Exposure to this invisible, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country.  Radon has been detected in every state though its levels vary widely. To check out the levels in your county go to www.radon.com/radon/radon_map. You will find quite a fluctuation in the metro counties. - Invest in clean air. A high quality air filtration system can neutralize most floating germs, dust, mold spores, and other pollutants in your home. You can spend from $100 (for a basic one room system) to over $10,000 for an elaborate whole house system. Another easy and inexpensive help is to find your furnace filter and change it on a regular basis.  - Go Low-VOC. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals emitted by a variety of products including paints, carpets, furnishings, and even some permanent markers (they are the stuff that made you 'high' when you helped the teacher with the mimeograph machine back in the 3rd grade - that's right - look at the colors!). According to the EPA some VOCs have been linked to health concerns such as headaches and asthma to even cancer. If you are re-modeling look for the 'low-VOC' labels on carpets and furniture.  - Ban smoking. A fire might be romantic, but studies have shown that smoke from fires can contain pollutants similar to those in car exhaust. Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood. Never burn plastics or paper that contains colored ink, and before the season starts have a professional check the flue. A blocked or narrowed flue is a serious fire hazard.  
  • I think my dishwasher isn't upholding its end of the bargain… Q - How do I know if my dishwasher is doing all that it should? Sometimes I get the feeling my dishes aren't coming out as clean as they should be. John in Sandy Springs A - Well John, you could simply ask her. Say, 'Honey, are you getting the dishes as clean as you should be?' Then duck. Seriously though, dish washers do wear down as time goes on and on occasion need a servicing or, perhaps, you are due a new one. One thing you can try is the old Lip-Stick Test. Have the wife put on some lipstick before dinner. Eat, drink from glasses, lick plates just as you would do during any usual meal, and then put all the dishes in the washer. After the wash cycle is over (and the dry too) unload the dishwasher and take a close look at the glasses and forks. Do you still see some Amber Rose on your utensils? That means your washer is not doing its job. And if lipstick is not being cleaned off properly you can pretty well be sure that bacteria and viruses are probably thriving on your dishes and cutlery as well. (Especially check the forks - forks are notoriously the most difficult utensils to clean). That means you will either have to pre-rinse more thoroughly, use a better dishwashing detergent, and/or consider having a qualified appliance specialist over to check out your machine. Or, you may be due a new one.
  • How to spruce up your bathroom on a tight budget. Q – We had planned on updating our bathroom just as the economy turned. Now we are even tireder (if that’s a word) of our old bathroom but have considerably less money.  What can we do? Martha in Dunwoody A – You can make many changes to your bathroom for minimal dollars.  For instance, for less than $75 you can upgrade your shower curtain and curtain rings.  For another $100’ish you can get a nicer shower head – look for one with adjustable spray setting including massage. For under $200 add a towel warmer to your list. There are many different styles to choose from, make sure yours is UL listed. Another $200 will allow you to make over the lighting while a $30’ish investment can net you a new toilet seat. There you go – for $600 you can change the look and feel of your shower, the lighting, and your toilet. You can install all of the items yourself and have a new look to your bathroom in no time. Have a little more money and ambition? New paint can be had for $25 - $50 a gallon and for $50 you can upgrade your towels and hang some new plush towels on your heated towel rack. For less than $750 you can do quite a job making your bathroom look and feel better. Get on it!
  • You are having trouble with your plumbing, or your hvac system, or even your garage door. Want to know how to find a good company to do the work? Here are 5 things to look for… 5 Things that I believe differentiate a great service company from a so-so one… - Size of company. For my money I want to use a company that is big enough and has enough experience so there are no surprises. Large companies with many employees are rarely stumped when it comes to trouble shooting. - Stability of company. Although I am sure that there are a few quality start-up service companies out there, I prefer on that has been around and been successful. That tells me that they have the resources to get the job done. - Set specific appointments. I like my service companies to tell me when they are going to be there within an hour. I hate the “…sometime between 1p and 5p…” routine.  Tell me when you are going to be there, then call me 15 minutes before you get there in case I have stepped out. - Talk to me. Once at my house, I like the company to tell me the issues, then tell me how much it will cost (without guessing) to fix, and also tell me how long it will take to get the job done. Two corollaries here: A - Your cost of repair ought to be at least in the vicinity of the advertised special price I heard on your radio commercial. Don't come to my house telling me it's $159 only to have ad-ons and service charges that push the total north of $800.  2 - And don't lie to me about time. If you are starting on Monday and it’s going to take 4 days don't tell me 2. Dumb as I look even I will begin to suspect something when you show up to work on Thursday. Also - if something goes wrong (or right) I want to know as you go, not afterward when you are trying to explain the extra hundred tacked onto the bill… - Don’t be a stranger. If I have a problem after you leave and need you back out to fix or finish a job I don’t want to hear “…we will get there when we can…” I waited for you to get here the first time, once you are in my house doing my job; I should become a priority to you. Anything else is unacceptable.
  • It may not feel like it, but autumn is right around the corner. Here are some things you need to get on your honey-do list before it gets cold… Sure temps are still in the 90’s, but you need to start looking ahead to cooling weather and, gasp, the possibility of colder weather. Mark these as simple to-do’s on your list of things to do to get ready: Heating and Cooling. Now is a good time to get your furnace checked out by a professional. They should be contacting you for your winter service if you have a maintenance agreement (and you should have a maintenance agreement). Here are a couple of things you can do yourself to give it a quick once over right now. Start your furnace and see if you smell any strange smells. You will smell a small burning odor as your furnace burns off the dust, but past that are you smelling anything burning or the smell of gas?  If so get your hvac tech out to repair sooner rather than later. Swimming Pools. Don’t forget to service your pool at least one more time before you cover it for the winter. Leave your pool full of water, unless your pool is so small that you can let the air out and store it in a box. If that is the case, then let the air out and store it in a box. Also make sure you have an appropriate cover for the pool. Do not leave it uncovered all winter. Plumbing. Now is a great time to make sure you know where the shut-off valves are located for your outside spigots. If you can’t find them have a plumber over to do an inspection of your home and have them show you where they are. This is important to know so you can shut them off as winter approaches. That way they won’t freeze. Electrical. A lot you can do here but let’s do this right now.  Get some heat tape at the big box store and install it on your crawlspace pipes. You can do this yourself. What you may not be able to do is to make sure you have an outlet handy to plug it into.  Get your electrician out and install a couple new outlets that are handy to plug the tape into. Roof. Not quite yet, but soon will be the best time to clean your roof of leaves and debris. Leaves and debris, if left unattended, spell trouble for your shingles. A clean roof (and gutters) is a happy roof (and gutters). Pest Control. While there are a lot of issues here that I will get into next month, let’s just focus on one here this month – the dreaded mosquito. We are in the height of the West Nile virus season, so mosquitoes are still definitely a big issue.  Make sure you empty and/or remove all standing water, every time it rains or there is a heavy dew. Also, use your favorite pest control company’s mosquito prevention treatment for at least another 6-8 weeks. There. A list to tide you over until the next list. Get to work… More from Dave Baker >>

News

  • They take their football seriously in Philadelphia. Even scholarly types can go overboard when their beloved Eagles lose. >> Read more trending news  During the fourth quarter of Philadelphia's 27-24 televised loss to the Detroit Lions, the Fox network handling the broadcast showed an angry Eagles fan shouting as the telecast broke for a commercial. The angry fan was identified as Eric Furda, the University of Pennsylvania's dean of admissions since 2008, according to the The Philadelphia Inquirer. The clip quickly went viral, as it resonated with other angry Eagles fans. Furda admitted he was the culprit on Twitter, but only after he posted Sunday that he was 'not sure what the refs were looking at today.' Furda took a more apologetic tone Monday morning. 'After further review of the play I will take the 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct,' Furda tweeted. 'But I will not lose my passion for Philadelphia and Penn sports!' The Eagles, who have lost two straight games after beating Washington in their season opener, travel to Green Bay to face the Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.
  • A Michigan toddler died last week after authorities said her head became stuck in a car's power window in Detroit. >> Read more trending news  According to WXYZ-TV, Kierre Allen, 2, was inside the parked 2005 Mazda 3 with her father, who had fallen asleep, last Monday when the window somehow closed on her head, authorities said. The 21-year-old man awoke to find the child caught in the window, he told police. Kierre's uncle took the pair to a nearby hospital as the father tried to revive the girl, WJBK-TV reported. Doctors said she was dead when she arrived. Police arrested the girl's father, who had outstanding traffic warrants, authorities said. He has not been charged in connection with Kierre's death, the Detroit News reported.
  • A Cobb County school nurse was arrested Thursday after administrators noticed students’ medications were missing. Lindsey Waggoner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $1,500 of medication from Barber Middle School in Acworth, according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by AJC.com. Cobb County school police allegedly found her in possession of 209 pills, including Adderall, generic forms of Ritalin and Focalin, and Evekeo. The drugs are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD. Principal Tia Amlett sent a letter home to parents alerting them to the investigation and arrest of a staff member, although the employee was not named.  “We have made contact with families who were directly affected by this situation and will continue to pursue policies that ensure such behavior does not go unnoticed,” she said. It was not immediately clear if Waggoner was fired following her arrest. As of Monday morning, she was still listed on Barber’s website. Amlett said she was being dealt with “according to district policy and state laws.” Waggoner, who is from Kennesaw, is facing a single felony charge of theft by taking. She was booked into the county jail Thursday afternoon and released a few hours later on a $15,000 bond.  In other news: 
  • The 178-year-old tour company Thomas Cook has shut down, potentially stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers who booked their trips with the company stranded across the globe. Thomas Cook was known for the package tour industry, The Associated Press reported. It had four airlines and 21,000 employees in 16 countries. All of the employees have been laid off and will lose their jobs. The ripple effect of Thomas Cook's collapse is expected to be felt across all of Europe and North Africa, the AP reported.  Officials at hotels are now worried about confirmed bookings that had been made for winter. About 600,000 people had been scheduled to travel with Thomas Cook through Sunday. Some subsidiaries were trying to get local connections to get people home, the AP reported.  The British government has stepped in to get 150,000 U.K. customers back to their homes starting Monday. The government has hired charter planes to get people home free of charge, and officials expect the process to fly everyone back to the U.K. will take about two weeks, the AP reported. >> Read more trending news  There are 50,000 people stranded in Greece, up to 30,000 in Spain's Canary Islands, 21,000 in Turkey and 15,000 in Cyprus all trying to find a way home, the AP reported. Thomas Cook officials blame competition from budget airlines and travelers booking their trips themselves though the internet as to why the company struggled financially and eventually shut down, the AP reported. The uncertainty also was brought on by Brexit and the drop in the pound that made it more expensive for British travelers to afford trips abroad, the AP reported. Despite the fact they no longer are being paid for their work, some Thomas Cook employees are still reporting for their shifts to help make sure those who are stranded can return home, Metro reported. One now-former employee said on Twitter that she will be at her post to help stranded customers. Employees at a different Thomas Cook location also posted a sign on their location saying they would open Monday morning to help customers, Metro reported. 
  • A second-year Georgia Tech student was confirmed dead Sunday after a swimming accident in the Chattahoochee River. James Strock was last seen Saturday afternoon swimming in the area of the West Palisades Trail at Paces Mill Park, according to school officials. Teams searched through dusk before turning to recovery efforts Sunday morning, dean of students John M. Stein said in a letter to the Georgia Tech community. A Georgia Tech spokeswoman confirmed Strock’s death Sunday evening. It is unknown if his body was recovered from the river. Strock was pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer engineering and was interested in robotics and quantum computing, according to his LinkedIn page. He was set to graduate in 2022. According to Tech officials, Strock was from Uganda and moved to the United States at age 16. He was an active member of the campus community, attended a campus ministry and could often be found in the recreational center. Strock completed a co-op program with DataPath, a communications and computer software company, in Lawrenceville over the summer. “On behalf of Georgia Tech, we offer our deepest condolences to James’ family and friends during this difficult time,” Stein said in the letter to students, faculty and staff, which was shared on Reddit. “I have been in constant contact with his family and will continue to be there to support them.” Grief counseling is available on campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the week at the campus Counseling Center and in the student services building. Students may also call 404-894-2575 for support after hours. — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • A federal judge will hear the arguments Monday for the first time from opponents of Georgia’s new anti-abortion law as they ask him to stop the measure from going into effect. Gov. Brian Kemp in May signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws, outlawing the procedure in most cases once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity. It is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has asked U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones to stop the law from going into effect while the case makes its way through the court system. The ACLU argued in a June complaint that the law violates a woman’s constitutional right of access to abortion until about 24 weeks of pregnancy, as established in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. The ACLU has argued that “politicians should not be second-guessing women’s health care decisions.” In its response, the state said Georgia’s new anti-abortion law is “constitutional and justified” and asked Jones to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the measure. “Defendants deny all allegations in the complaint that killing a living unborn child constitutes ‘medical care’ or ‘health care,’” attorneys wrote. The state hired Virginia-based attorney to represent Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, members of the Georgia Composite Medical Board and its executive director. ACLU is representing SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Planned Parenthood Southeast and other abortion rights advocates and providers.